Renault’s engine has lacked the grunt to compete with Mercedes and Ferrari power this season, leaving customers Red Bull to target results at specific, low-speed circuits. This weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix offers one such opportunity, but despite claiming victory in Monaco earlier in the year, Daniel Ricciardo warns not to expect similar heroics…
Ferrari looked to have the pace to win on the streets of Marina Bay last year, but saw their hopes of victory go up in smoke when Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were involved in a collision with Max Verstappen at the start, eliminating both red cars.
This year, the Prancing Horse is an even stronger package - and Ricciardo has tipped them to make up for last year’s painful defeat this time around, despite him securing a heroic victory in Monte Carlo where he held off Vettel despite a loss of power.
“We have a good chance to at least podium here,” said the Australian. “That’s really the first target. I don’t want to say we’re going to win, because let’s see what happens, but we have a good chance to fight, I’d like to think for at least a podium.
“I think Ferrari will be our biggest challenger on this circuit. I’m sure Mercedes won’t be slow, but looking at Ferrari or Mercedes, I think on this circuit on pure performance Ferrari will have a better package.”
Red Bull had the best package around Monaco this year, with the tight street circuit sharing many characteristics with the Singapore layout. But despite winning in the Principality, Riccardo is keen not to get ahead of himself.